Reviewed by Emma Booth
My favourite time in the run-up to Christmas is the family outing to see a panto and this year we were very lucky to get invited to review the pantomime at the new Victoria Theatre in Woking. This year‘s performance was Snow White and the seven dwarfs. This was my first trip to the theatre since Covid so I was slightly worried about getting the right Covid paperwork to gain entry, but entry was very quick and efficient with one person checking Covid paperwork one person checking tickets and one person checking bags. I went along with my two children aged 4 and 11, This was my four-year-old’s first trip to see a panto and he was very excited. We were sat in the stalls and a few rows from the stage and had amazing views of the stage.
This year’s panto has a great cast with Gok Wan who is well known for his many TV shows including “how to look good naked “ Gok Wan plays the man in the mirror and does so extremely well with his fabulous flamboyant personality. Another well-known face is Harriet Thorpe who plays Queen Lucretia. Harriet Thorpe is best known for her roles in the Brittas empire and absolutely fabulous.
So the time came for the show to begin and it began with a bang. From the very beginning there was lots of catchy songs and cheap laughs that kept everyone laughing out loud, as well as some laughs aimed at the adults. The story follows the fairytale of Snow White pretty much as we all know the story with the added character of muddles the Jester. Muddles is played by Aaron James. Now I must admit I’ve never heard of Aaron James but he stole the show for me. My little boy thought he was particularly hilarious with his fart jokes and couldn’t stop laughing. We also loved the seven dwarfs and thought it was very cleverly done. The show had a couple of the usual panto songs like the 12 days of Christmas and even though I’ve seen it before it never gets old and has the entire audience in stitches. There was one part which really stands out at the end of act one. Now I won’t spoil the surprise but wow absolutely brilliant. My boy came away saying that was his favourite part. My daughter(11) thoroughly enjoyed the show. She thought the second half was better than the first half, I think, because there were lots of hilarious typical panto songs in the second half. As you’d expect there was lots of booing cheering and clapping and the entire cast was so good and really put on a good show. It was so good to be back in the theatre after so long and we all left on a high. I’d also say if you can buy tickets for seats near the front as it’s well worth it. Tis years panto is running from now until the 2nd of January so there’s plenty of time to book tickets I can guarantee you won’t be disappointed
The ambassadors, the peacock centre ,Woking GU21 6GQ
Runs from Saturday 4th December- Sunday 2nd January
Box office number 0844 871 7615
To book tickets please visit Snow White Tickets | New Victoria Theatre, Woking in Woking | ATG Tickets.
Tickets from £13 -£44.50
Transaction fee £3.65